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What is an IDVA?

The role of an IDVA, or Independent Domestic Violence Advocate, is defined by SafeLives and it is to ‘address the safety of victims at high risk of harm from partners, ex-partners or other family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children’*.


IDVAs are specialist support workers who are legally trained to with victims of domestic abuse at high risk of serious harm from current or ex-partners or other family member(s).  They work from the point of crisis to assess the level of risk and address immediate safety issues.


IDVAs provide support, advice and information about services and options available to them to reduce their risk of further harm and increase their immediate and long term safety.  These plans can include other sanctions and remedies available through the criminal and civil courts, housing options and services available through other organisations.


IDVAs play a crucial role within the multi-agency setting by attending the daily domestic violence hub and MARAC meetings where they ensure the views of the victim are represented and that their safety is paramount.  An IDVA will also attend monthly Domestic Violence Disclosure Panel meeting (also known as Clare’s Law).


IDVAs receive specialist training which is fully accredited by SafeLives.


*SafeLives - National Definition of IDVA work


SafeLives is a national charity, formerly known as CAADA, which is dedicated to ending domestic abuse.  They deliver training, including the IDVA qualification and also advise professionals and funders commissioning domestic abuse services.


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